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Elden Ring Steam Cloud Error: How to Avoid Lost Progress

Elden Ring is experiencing Steam Cloud sync errors.
Elden Ring is experiencing Steam Cloud sync errors. / Courtesy of FromSoftware/Bandai Namco, Screenshot by Noam Radcliffe

Elden Ring PC players are running into errors that prevent the game from saving to the Steam Cloud, threatening to lose some of their progress. Bandai Namco acknowledged the problem Saturday and said it occurred "under certain conditions," but did not specify what those conditions might be.

Luckily, recovering your progress in the face of this error is trivially simple. Here's how to do it.

Elden Ring Steam Cloud Error: How to Avoid Lost Progress

Occasionally when you try to launch Elden Ring, Steam may present you with a message notifying you that the save file in the Steam Cloud and the one on your machine are out of sync. It'll ask if you would rather launch using the save data from the cloud or from your local files, and your choice will overwrite whichever option you decline.

To make sure you select the most up-to-date save data — that is, the one that saved all of your progress — examine the time and date for each save. You'll find that info just beside each option. Select whichever has a more recent timestamp, and you should load into the game with all your progress preserved.

Alternatively, Bandai Namco recommends backing up your local save data "in case you unintentionally overwrite your computer's local save data with old save data left in the cloud."

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you and thank you in advance for your patience while we work on this matter."